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Tenten is a fierce ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village and a member of Team 9. She's an expert in weapon based combat.
Tenten is a young-tomboyish girl who was born and raised in the Village Hidden in the Leaves in the Land of Fire. She attended the Ninja Academy and she graduated at 12 years-old, the year before Naruto Uzumaki and his team. She was assigned to Team 9 with her classmates Neji Hyuga and Rock Lee. The ninja master they were assigned to was the Jonin, Might Guy, an outlandish and unique personality. Despite his personality flaws, he is the village's highest ranked expert in Taijutsu. Tenten specialized in summoning weapon jutsus and dreams to become a strong Female Ninja, just like Sannin of the Leaf Village, Lady Tsunade. Guy would hold Team 9 back for one year before entering them for the Chunin Exams, so they could gain experience first and allow them to mature.
Tenten is a supporting character of the Naruto series that was created by Masashi Kishimoto, It first began serialization Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in November 1999. She was first introduced during the Chunin Exam Arc, which began in Volume 4.
Kishimoto has said in interviews that he prefers Tenten over the other four Hidden Leaf girls he designed because of how much he likes her look. Despite saying this, he has barely used Tenten. She has had no canon back story told, unlike the rest of the supporting cast; and none of her fights have ever been seen in the manga. Only the start and aftermath. As with most of the Team Guy, she is given a primarily Chinese design.
She first appeared in Naruto Volume 4, CH. 36 "Sakura's Depression", and her first anime appearance was in Naruto - Episode 20 "A New Chapter Begins: The Chūnin Exam!". Her character in the Japanese series is voiced by Yukari Tamura, and the U.S. dub produced by VIZ Media is done by Danielle Judovits.
Tenten's name comes from the fact that she supposedly never misses a target she's aiming at. She has "Ten" shots and "Ten" hits. The original color images from the manga has shown her original outfit was colored blue, but they are color pink in the anime. Her outfit after the time skip is colored in the anime to match the manga design. Though she has started low in the fan polls of the Naruto characters, she has had slow and steady improvement in her rankings. In the previous three polls she has held the ranks of 29th, 24th, and 22nd. Tenten and Shino Aburame are the only embers of the the Naruto supporting cast that have had no stories told about their youth.
" It's not because they're girls you know, Neji. It's just that those two are using kid gloves. It doesn't matter if you're a man or woman in battle. "
Tenten and the rest of her squad were deigned with a Chinese esthetic in mind. This is far more obvious in Tenten. She wears a pink Chinese-style top and pants, and her long brown hair is always shown wrapped in twin buns on the top of her head. She wears her Leaf forehead protector on her forehead. Little of Tenten's personality or story is ever shown much in the story. What little is shown is that she's a type of character who is determined to prove that a girl can do anything a boy can. This is an issue that she and Neji have disagreements about. The person she has most admired growing up is Lady Tsunade, the grand daughter of the First Hokage. Tsunade is a legend of the Hidden Leaf Village that was far stronger than many of the male ninja of her time. Tenten has been shown to be a bit boy crazy. When she is first introduced to both Sasuke Uchiha and Kakashi Hatake, she has remarks about how cute they are. Tenten has been show to spend a lot of time with Neji and assists him in practicing his Byakugan-based jutsu.
For the filler arc episode in the first Naruto anime series that happened between Episodes 136-220. For these parts of the story, she was given hip holsters on both sides to hold her weapon scrolls. In the filler Cursed Warrior arc (Ep. 162-167), Tenten becomes overexcited at the idea they will be paid extra for the mission they were assigned. This seems to imply that she could also be a money lover. It's unknown if any of these personality traits have any level of canon to the original manga story.
Affiliation: Hidden Leaf Village
Registered Ninja #: 012573
Date Of Birth: March 9th
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Blood Type: B
After a two year time skip in the manga series, Tenten is now at the age of 17 years old and reached the rank of Chunin at 15. Her design changed very little with the exception of her clothes. She keeps a Chinese top, but this one is white with long sleeves, she wears fingerless gloves, short Japanese hakama pants, her hair is still in twin buns, and she now keeps a large scroll with her. Her and Team 9 were sent to back up Naruto and Sakura Haruno when they left to rescue Gaara from the Akatsuki. After this mission, she rarely appears and her squad were not present for Pain's invasion of the Leaf Village. She has been seen during the Fourth Shinobi War in a basic Chunin design with combat vest. In the battle she discovered a weapon that was left behind by the defeated Kinkaku. It was a tool that was rumored to belong to the Sage of the Six Paths, the Bashōsen.
She has two main jutsu that she uses. The first is her summoning jutsu (Summoning Jutsu! Spiral Scrolls! Iron Barrage!). She grabs a single scroll and summons vast amounts of weapons to throw at her target , it can be considered a weak jutsu because the scroll obstructs her vision and thus lowers her accuracy to (min) 70/100. Her 2nd is the Rising Twin Dragons. She uses this to summon weapons faster and more efficiently, this jutsu,
None of Tenten's fighting techniques have ever appeared in the manga and are only shown in the anime adaptation.
Ninja's are ranked by their proficiency with the various types of jutsu and other statistics. The score rates as a best out of five and are added up in a total score. (source: First, Second, and Third Third Naruto Databook)
On top of being a character in the main Masashi Kishimoto Naruto manga, Tenten also appears in a gag-spinoff manga that stars Rock Lee in chibi design. The series is titled Rock Lee Seishun Fullpower Ninden (ロック・リー青春フルパワー忍伝, Rokku Rī Seishun Furupowaa Ninden) and it written and illustrated by Kenji Taira. It began publication in Shueisha's Super Strong Jump magazine on December 2010. In the story Tenten and others are drawn in their time skip era outfits, but Rock Lee is trying to get Might Guy's attentions as if they have never met before. In the first chapter, Tenten is shocked to see Rock Lee try to imitate Naruto's Sexy Jutsu by just wearing a bikini. After Might Guy joins him, an infuriated Tenten attacks and defeats both of them in a brutal fashion.
Subtle changes have been made to clothes from the manga version when Naruto was produced an anime by Studio Pierrot. The original color for her top was intended to be blue in the manga, but was colored pink for the anime. The anime adaptation of the Naruto story is the only time she has ever been seen battling anyone. In the manga, only the start and the finale is shown. This makes it hard to know if any of her jutsu are canon.
Her first appearance in the series of Naruto OVAs was in Naruto: Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival! (木ノ葉の里の大運動会 Konoha no Sato no Dai Undoukai!) that was released in Japan on August 21, 2004. The Konoha 11 ninja take part in a sports competition where the winner gets a week off of all their ninja missions. Tenten appears in the competition wearing the same dark outfit she wore while she was watching the third part of the Chunin Exams.
Tenten has had a very limited role in the Naruto franchise anime movies that are produced by Studio Pierrot. She appeared in none of the first season anime movies, and her very first film appearance was in the first movie of the second season, Naruto Shippuden: The Movie (2007). She had no spoken lines in this movie. She appeared along with many other ninja of the Leaf Village. She was being led by Might Guy and Kakashi Hatake in a counter attack against the film's villain, Mōryō; and his stone soldiers. She later appeared in Naruto Shippuden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire (2009). She's seen in this film celebrating the recovery of both Naruto and Sai. A rouge ninja named Hiruko appears to declare war and Tsunade assigns Tenten and others to secure the village, then she is ordered to retrieve Naruto and Sakura after they leave the village. This is the first movie where she plays a large role in the battles.
She has had a mixed position in the Naruto game franchise. They have ranged in the genre of fighters, minigames, and even some games with exploration and RPG elements. Tenten's first game appearance was in the PS2 fighter Naruto: Ultimate Ninja(2003), but as a support role character and she was not playable. Her first playable appearance was in the PS2 fighter Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 (2004). She fights using mostly Taijutsu and a kunai knife. Her ultimate attack is the Twin Rising Dragons.
(For a full list of games that feature Tenten, see her profile on Giant Bomb. HERE)
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